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Marriott to Buy Starwood in $12.2B Deal

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Marriott International will buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 billion to create the world’s largest hotel chain with top brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and the Autograph Collection. The combined company will own or franchise more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms worldwide and give Marriott greater presence in markets such as Europe, Latin America and Asia including India and China.

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Chinese Yuan Setting Up to Become Reserve Currency

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It’s a club reserved for the world’s elite economies… Created in 1969, the International Monetary Fund Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) is an international reserve asset that’s intended to supplement member countries’ reserves. Its value is based on the value of four key currencies – the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen, and the British pound. Well, guess who’s pounding on the IMF’s door, looking to gain access to this exclusive club of high rollers? China.

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Walgreens buys Rite Aid in $17.2 billion deal

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The $17.2 billion deal puts together the nation’s second and third largest pharmacy chains that combined will have nearly 13,000 U.S. stores. That would catapult the merged company above CVS, which has 7,800 stores. The deal, which will have to pass antitrust review, is another sign of increased consolidation in health care as the industry changes due to the Affordable Care Act and an aging population.

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